Over the last week, we have seen pro and amateur sports bring out the worst in some people. Just a few examples:
1. Richard Sherman blasting an opponent moments after his team secured a birth in this year’s Superbowl.
2. The Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames getting into a line brawl moments after their game started. It resulted in penalties, ejections, fines and suspentions.
3. This reaction on the speed skating oval by a Dutch skater who came in second.
4. The uncertainty of security for athletes and visitors to Sochi, Russia for the upcoming Winter Games. Along with the homophobic rhetoric coming from the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
This is not what sports is supposed to be about. Sports is supposed to bring out the best in people. It’s supposed to teach us how to work well with others and show us what we can achieve when we pull together. It’s supposed allow us to dream what is possible, not that if we play the right politics or verbally destroy our opponent, that we can be glorious in victory. This week has shown us what sports is not about. Then I came across this video…
… and my faith in sports was restored. Sometimes a plain old game of catch can truly change someone’s life. I know that it did for me 30+ years ago.
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